Stage 2 Advanced Early Learning and Care with SNA (Level 6)


This course offers a Level 6 qualification in Childcare. It also includes a Special Needs Assistant Module.


One year, full time.


  • Advanced Professional Practice Placement in Early Learning and Care (25 credits)
  • Sociology and Social Policy in Early Learning and Care (15 credits)
  • The Developing Child (20 credits)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (20 credits)
  • Inclusive Early Learning and Care (15 credits)
  • Supervision and Administration in Early Learning and Care (25 credits)
  • Special Needs Assisting (6N1957)


NFQ Level 6 Certificate in Early Learning and Care 120 FET credits

Career Options:

This course gives students the skills necessary to take up employment in the Childcare sector in a supervisory or managerial nature, or as a Special Needs Assistant/Inclusion Support Assistant in a Primary or Second-level school.

  • This course is particularly attractive to perspective employers as in a crèche setting the level 6 qualification allows you to become the room leader who will be responsible for the day to day running of their room.

Third Level Progression:

This course allows progression to a large number of Degrees in Maynooth University including Early Childhood Teaching MH801.

  • There are numerous Degrees that allow progression in UCD including Social Policy DN750 and Psychology DN720.
  • Students may also apply for progression to DCU to study Early Childhood Education or Social Care Practice TA025 in IT Tallaght.
  • DIT accept this course on their Early Childhood Education DT572 and Social Care DT571 programmes.

There are many more opportunities for college progression.

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Entry Requirements:

  • Applicants to this Level 6 award should already hold a Level 5 or equivalent award.
  • Students should be 16 years or over at the start of the course.
  • B2+ competence in English for applicants whose first language is not English.
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